The Netherlands recorded today (Wednesday) the first death due to a rare summer storm that it is witnessing for the first time, while Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport, Europe’s busiest airport, canceled flights, and the railways stopped all trains in the north of the Netherlands.
The upcoming summer storm to the country cast a shadow over public life in the Netherlands, especially after the National Meteorological Institute declared a red alert in 3 provinces, after storm “Poli” hit the country with heavy rains and strong winds.
The institute said that one storm on the west coast of Amsterdam recorded a speed of just over 145 kilometers per hour, and there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Dutch media showed images of uprooted trees and at least one truck overturned in Amsterdam, The Hague and Harlem as the storm struck during the usually busy morning rush hour.
And the emergency services in the province of North Holland issued a warning via mobile phones, urging people to stay at home until the storm passes, stressing the need for motorists to avoid driving if possible.